Italy: COVID-19 vaccines recognized for travel

Like other countries, Italy has also opened its borders to travelers from all over the world holding a COVID-19 green certificate.

Italy currently has its own COVID-19 green certificate, which is an extension of the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate. Such a document is used to prove whether the holder has been fully vaccinated, has recovered from COVID-19 disease, or has recently had a negative test result.

The vaccination certificate has proven to be the most common and practical form as it remains valid for up to one year. However, not all countries recognize the same vaccines as valid proof of immunity.

According to a press release issued by the Italian Ministry of Health, it was announced that the country will accept proof of vaccination only if the vaccine administered has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), reports

“The certificate of successful completion of the vaccination cycle must relate to one of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency. the ministry said.

Based on the declaration of the ministry, this means that only the following vaccines listed below are recognized as valid proof of vaccination in Italy:

  • Comirnaty Pfizer-BioNTech by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
  • Spikevax, formerly Moderna de Moderna Biotech Spain, SL
  • Vaxzvria, formerly AstraZeneca by AstraZeneca Ab
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) by Janssen – Cilag International NV

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In addition, the Italian authorities have announced that for a vaccination certificate to be valid, the document must be provided in Italian, English, French or Spanish.

Regarding the validity of the vaccination certificate, it was also pointed out that the document will start to be valid until 14 days have passed from the end of the vaccination process.

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Earlier this month, World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan announced that except for recognition of EMA-approved vaccines, 15 European countries have also decided to recognize the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India as valid. proof of immunity.

Nevertheless, Italy is not in this group of countries, despite the fact that the Covishield vaccine was listed for emergency use by the WHO in February.

Previously, the Italian authorities had announced that from August 6, the COVID-19 health pass will be mandatory to access certain services and activities.

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